We decided to sip one of the only acceptable Sauvignon Blancs on the planet…not just acceptable, but exceptional. The 2010 Didier Dagueneau Pouilly-Fumé Silex does not even require assistance from our good friend Semilion. It presents with a greenish/yellowish eye with a nose of lightly toasted oak derived from a “blend” of new and old French oak barrels and a touch of citrus, floral notes. A creamy texture, rather than typical Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc acidity, rich and wonderful mineral flavours combined with just enough exotic fruits. A somewhat sour and long finish. The two signature wines, Silex and Pur Sang (yet to try) rank amongst the great white wines of the world, most definitely compared to the usual Sauvignon Blanc. This wine demonstrates the finesse of available, but rarely seen, in a Sauvignon Blanc. Silex means “flint” in French, which is predominately found in the soil from where the wine hails. Serve a bit warmer (say, 17% degrees celsius) so the nose is more pronounced. The grape fruitiness became a tad too pronounced after two hours of sipping. We believe this wine will lay down for 5 to 20 years in the bottle. Stunning!!!
Opened at dinner with Allred, LostVerse, Otis and our wives. I paired this with a cream of foie gras and mushroom soup made by my wife. This wine was very good but a disappointment as I expected more. Not as concentrated or aromatic as the 2009 which I had a year or 2 ago (or any of the other wines I had from this estate prior to Didier Dagueneau's death in 2008). Some saltiness with notes of pears, slate and lemongrass. Medium bodied. I found a pair of these on sale for $50 (normally $100) and would be reluctant to buy again even at that price if this bottle was the norm. Hoping the other bottle is better. 89-90 points.
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